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Team

Hermes EOS

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Engagement

Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt is an executive director and board member at Hermes EOS and as head of the organisation is responsible for the sustainable success of the business. He leads and oversees the global engagement programme and the quality of the services Hermes EOS provides to its clients around the world. Hans also leads some high-profile stewardship activities, including priority engagements with major companies in Asia and Germany, as well as interactions with key regulators and organisations. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Hans worked with international law firm Ashurst. He is the author of numerous publications on corporate governance and law, responsible investment and stewardship. Currently, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the UN PRI Investor Engagement Clearinghouse and the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network. In 2015, he joined the Institutional Investor Council in Malaysia. Hans is a UK-qualified lawyer, holds degrees in Business Administration from universities in Germany and the UK, the ACCA qualification and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). He continues to be involved in academia as a Corporate Governance Fellow at the LSE’s Financial Markets Group and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. Hans speaks French, German and Mandarin.

Frédéric Bach focuses on engagements with companies based in Japan, where he lived for seven years at the beginning of his career. He has 25-year experience as a trader, analyst, head of research and portfolio manager in equity and fixed income markets and also worked in Switzerland and the UAE. Before joining Hermes EOS, he was a contractor with AODP, an NGO raising awareness of climate change issues and their impact on the valuation of financial assets with investors such as pension funds and insurance companies. Frédéric holds an MSc in telecommunication engineering from ENSTBr in Brest, an MBA from ESSEC, near Paris, and the CFA Institute's Chartered Financial Analyst designation. In addition to his native French and fluency in Japanese, he can also work in German, Italian and Spanish and communicate in Portuguese and Arabic.

Dr Emma Berntman focuses on engagements in the financial services, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and utilities sectors. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Emma was head of the environmental management programme for Sweden at a Nordic hotel chain. Emma holds an MSc in Biomedicine and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from Lund University in Sweden. Emma is fluent in English and Swedish and has a good working knowledge of Danish and Norwegian.

Roland Bosch is sector lead for financial services and responsible for corporate engagements in Europe and the US. He engages with corporate boards on relevant strategic, governance, social and environmental issues to foster long-term sustainable value creation. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, he worked as an investment manager at F&C Asset Management, where he was responsible for managing institutional equity portfolios, as well as providing investment analysis and recommendations. Before that, Roland was based in the Netherlands, working as an investment manager for insurance group Achmea and as an equity analyst at HSBC. Roland is a certified investment analyst (RBA), EFFAS financial analyst and holds a degree in Business Economics from Groningen University. Roland is fluent in Dutch and English, with a good working knowledge of German and French.

Dr Christine Chow is responsible for the financial services, technology and extractive sectors in Asia ex-Japan. She has 19 years of experience in portfolio management, research and investment consulting. Christine's PhD thesis on shareholder engagement for responsible investment was short-listed for a UN award in Sweden for industry relevance and academic excellence. She is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Finance at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. She is a governor of the London School of Economics and a member of the university’s investment committee. She was also a member of the greater China committee of the Hong Kong Retirement Funds Association between 2014-2016. Christine has worked at a number of multinational corporations such as Merrill Lynch, Schroders and Hewitt. In the 1990s, she was responsible for establishing strategic partnerships in fund management for the Schroders Group, especially in Mainland China. Christine is a graduate of the London School of Economics and the University of Melbourne. She also completed an executive education course on financial engineering at Stanford University.

George Clark provides operational support to Hermes EOS’ client relations and engagement teams, with duties focused on statistical reporting, voting management and account administration. Prior to Hermes EOS, George worked for three years in the proxy voting space as a client account manager at Broadridge Financial Solutions. He holds a BSc Honours degree in Biology from the University of Leeds and Associate Membership of CISI after attaining the IOC qualification.

Natacha Dimitrijevic is sector lead for pharmaceuticals and responsible for Hermes EOS’ investment stewardship programme in Europe. She engages with corporate boards and regulators on relevant governance, social and environmental issues to foster long-term value creation. Natacha is a regular speaker on governance matters. She is a member of the Eurosif policy group, the remuneration committee of the International Corporate Governance Network and of the French corporate governance association. She has also sat on the Access to Medicine Index expert review committee. Before joining Hermes EOS in 2007, Natacha worked at L’Oreal’s international audit department and in consulting, advising senior executives. She has degrees from the Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Paris and HEC School of Management and she holds the CFA UK – Investment Management Certificate. She has published a number of articles and a book on corporate finance.

Bruce Duguid is a director at Hermes EOS and leads engagements with environmentally-exposed companies across the mining, oil and gas and utilities sectors, as well as corporate governance engagements in the UK. He is the lead author of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change’s 'Investor Expectations of Mining Companies – Drilling Deeper into Carbon Asset Risk’. Prior to joining Hermes EOS he was head of sustainability at the UK Green Investment Bank, where he spent four years working on the project to establish the bank and then building its sustainability function. Before working in sustainability, Bruce worked in corporate strategy as a management consultant at the Boston Consulting Group and as head of strategy at Visa Europe. He is also a qualified lawyer in England and Wales and holds a degree in Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.

Claire Gavini focuses on engagements in the consumer goods and retail and industrials sectors. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Claire worked in internal audit. She holds a Masters degree in Internal Audit and Corporate Governance from the IAE School of Management Aix-en-Provence and a Masters degree in International Organisations from the Institute of Political Studies of Grenoble in France. She speaks French and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.

Tim Goodman is a director at Hermes EOS and sector lead for oil and gas. He is also responsible for Hermes EOS’ activities in North America. Previously, he worked in the insurance industry and held a number of senior operational management roles before acting as a company secretary in a UK-listed company. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators, having obtained the institute prize for the best overall performance when he qualified. Tim is a regular speaker on governance-related matters, a member of the US Council of Institutional Investors’ corporate governance advisory council and a former chair of the UK Quoted Companies Alliance corporate governance committee.

Jaime Gornsztejn is responsible for corporate engagements in Latin America and Russia and focuses on the mining, oil and gas, technology and utilities sectors. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, he worked for the Brazilian Development Bank (BNDES), where he held executive positions in Brazil and the UK as banker in its Telecommunications Department, as portfolio manager in its Venture Capital Division and as a project finance manager at the Renewable Energy Department. More recently, as managing director of BNDES UK, he was responsible for setting up the bank's subsidiary in London. Jaime has also held executive positions as portfolio manager at Nortel Networks UK and as an adviser to private finance initiative projects at KPMG Corporate Finance UK. Jaime holds a BSc in Electronics Engineering from IME, the Military Institute of Engineering in Rio de Janeiro, an MSc in Telecommunications Engineering from PUC-Rio, the Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and an MSc in Finance from Cass Business School in London. He is also chair of the board of the Brazilian Chamber of Commerce in Great Britain and serves on the Senior Advisory Council of the Brazil Institute at King’s College London.

Bram Houtenbos provides operational support to Hermes EOS’ voting and engagement activities, with responsibility for account administration, voting operations and statistical reporting. Before joining Hermes EOS, Bram gained three years of experience in global proxy voting as a senior market specialist at Broadridge. Prior to this, he managed political campaigns. Bram is bilingual in Dutch and English with a working knowledge of French and German. He became a PRINCE2-qualified project management practitioner in 2013. After graduating with a BA in European Studies from Maastricht University, he went on to complete an MA in Contemporary European Politics at the University of Bath.

Pauline Lecoursonnois is sector lead for consumer goods and retail and responsible for company engagements in Australia. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, she worked as a research analyst at Institutional Shareholder Services, focusing on governance matters, and as a research assistant at the Universities Superannuation Scheme. Pauline holds a Master in Management & Sustainable Development from Sherbrooke University and the ESCEM School of Business and Management. She speaks French and has a good working knowledge of Spanish.

James O’Halloran is a director at Hermes EOS and head of Voting and Engagement Support, which supports the delivery and development of the stewardship service. He is involved in the day-to-day management of the business and acts as client relationship director. Prior to joining EOS in 2014, he worked for nine years in leadership roles within the professional services industry and has seven years operational industry experience. James is a graduate of the University of Manchester.

Nina Röhrbein focuses on client and external reporting and communications. Before joining Hermes EOS, she was the senior staff writer at Investment & Pensions Europe where she wrote extensively about pension legislation, asset management and environmental, social and governance issues across various jurisdictions. Prior to that, she was a reporter at Argus Media, covering global energy markets. She holds an MA in Newspaper Journalism from Nottingham Trent University and a BA Honours degree in English Literature and Linguistics from the University of Central Lancashire. She is fluent in English and German.

Sachi Suzuki is sector lead for industrials and responsible for engagement activities mainly in Japan and southeast Asia. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, she worked as a senior research analyst at EIRIS, where she was responsible for the assessment of the ESG performance of Japanese companies, as well as research on bribery and corruption. Sachi graduated from Keio University in Japan with a degree in Economics and holds an MSc in Development Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London. She holds the CFA UK – Investment Management Certificate.

Dr Michael Viehs is responsible for intelligent proxy voting in Germany, corporate engagements on environmental, social, and governance issues and for conducting research on sustainability and responsible investing with a focus on consumer goods and retail, mining, oil and gas, pharmaceuticals and utilities. Before his appointment at Hermes EOS, Michael was research director at the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford and visiting assistant professor at the School of Business and Economics at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. Michael is a visiting research associate at the University of Oxford and a research affiliate with the European Centre for Corporate Engagement. He presented his research at several top academic and industry conferences in Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, Spain, the UK, the US and South Africa. Michael holds a BSc in International Business Economics, an MSc in International Business and a PhD in Finance from Maastricht University.

Maxine Wille heads up the chemicals sector and also focuses on the financial services, industrials and technology sectors. She holds an MA in International Relations from Edinburgh University, a Masters degree in Management from Cambridge University, the CFA UK – Investment Management Certificate and is currently a CFA Level II candidate. She speaks French and fluent German.

Business Development and Client Service

Amy D'Eugenio is a director and leads Hermes EOS’ Business Development and Client Service team, which focuses on creating high value for those clients and organisations EOS works and interacts with. She has 12 years’ experience in professional services and has worked in the UK, the US and Australia. Her experience has centred on the design and implementation of development programmes for institutional clients across financial services, energy and resources, infrastructure and the public sector. Amy has a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Laws Honours degrees from the University of Adelaide.

Alan Fitzpatrick works in Hermes EOS’ Business Development and Client Service team. He has over eight years’ experience of client relationship management in various capacities. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Alan was a corporate account manager for a leading business rates adviser. He has also worked as a relationship manager and in a sales support capacity for one of the leading life assurance companies in Ireland with a focus on developing clients’ business. Alan holds a degree in Marketing from the Marketing Institute of Ireland and professional diplomas in Digital Marketing, Financial Advice and Retirement Planning.

Rochelle Giugni works in Hermes EOS’ Business Development and Client Service team after previously engaging in the consumer goods and retail, financial services and utilities sectors. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Rochelle worked for a prominent Australian-based corporate advisory firm providing transaction and forensic accounting services. She has worked extensively with distressed businesses and specialised in restructuring and corporate recovery, where she gained hands-on experience across sectors ranging from retail, property, hotel & leisure, agriculture & farming, through to banking & securities. Rochelle is a qualified chartered accountant and holds a degree in Commerce-Accounting and diploma in Business Administration from Macquarie University. She also holds the CFA UK – Investment Management Certificate.

Alice Musto works in Hermes EOS’ Business Development and Client Service team. She has eight years’ experience in the financial services industry. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Alice was part of the marketing and client service team for a London-based equities manager where she supported the sales team in developing new and existing relationships with a range of institutional clients. Alice holds the CFA UK – Investment Management Certificate.

The Board

Reporting into Hermes Investment Management’s CEO, Leon Kamhi is responsible for developing and directing the programme for integrating responsibility across the Hermes group, overseeing its delivery and accountable for its success. This includes ensuring investment teams are aware of and integrate ESG performance in investment decisions and that engagement is effectively incorporated alongside investment activities. In addition, in this role he oversees and contributes to how the firm’s responsibility activities and performance are integrated into Hermes’ client relationship management and reporting, the delivery of its corporate citizenship programme and the development of responsible structures and processes for the firm. He also leads a number of corporate and public policy engagements. Previously at Hermes, Leon was responsible for the development and delivery of Hermes EOS’ global corporate and public policy engagement programme from 2012-2016 and acted as its commercial director from 2009-2012. Prior to that, Leon worked within the Hermes UK Large Cap Focus Fund for seven years, where he was responsible for executing the fund’s engagement programmes. He also has 12 years of strategy consulting and operational industry experience.

Dr Hans-Christoph Hirt is an executive director and board member at Hermes EOS and as Co-Head of the organisation responsible for the sustainable success of the business. As Co-Head he leads and oversees the global engagement programme and the quality of the services Hermes EOS provides to its clients around the world. Hans also leads some high profile stewardship activities, including priority engagements with major companies in Asia and Germany, as well as interactions with key regulators and organisations. Prior to joining Hermes EOS, Hans worked with international law firm Ashurst. He is the author of numerous publications on corporate governance and law, responsible investment and stewardship. Currently, he is a member of the Steering Committee of the UN PRI Investor Engagement Clearinghouse and the Shareholder Responsibilities Committee of the International Corporate Governance Network. In 2015, he joined the Institutional Investor Council in Malaysia. Hans is a UK-qualified lawyer, holds degrees in Business Administration from universities in Germany and the UK, the ACCA qualification and a PhD from the London School of Economics (LSE). He continues to be involved in academia as a Corporate Governance Fellow at the LSE’s Financial Markets Group and a Teaching Fellow at University College London. Hans speaks French, German and Mandarin.

Saker is chief executive of Hermes, chair of its executive committee and an executive board director. Saker was appointed CEO in May 2012, having been acting CEO since November 2011. Saker joined the firm in June 2009 as head of investment and executive board director. He is responsible for leading the firm’s growth strategy and ensuring that Hermes continues to deliver excellent long-term investment performance, responsibly. Under his leadership, Hermes has achieved outstanding year-on-year growth in sales, revenues and profitability, while contributing widely to the debate about how to improve the contribution of financial services to society. Critically, long-term investment performance has remained at outstanding levels during his tenure. 

Harriet is Head of Business Development, a member of the Executive Committee (ExCo) and an Executive Board Director. She joined the firm in 2011 with responsibility for Sales, Client Service, Marketing, Communications and Product Strategy. Under her leadership, Hermes has built a fast-growing and profitable third-party business in which assets under management for external clients have tripled, and revenues grown from 15% to almost 70% of the total, and has established its reputation as one of the leading integrated ESG investment brands globally. As a member of ExCo, her responsibilities include development of corporate strategy and delivery of profitability. Appointed to the Board of Hermes in 2013, Harriet became the company’s first female executive director.

Chris is Head of Real Estate and Private Markets and a member of Hermes’ Executive Committee. Chris joined Hermes in 2010, having spent most of his career as a fund manager at Prudential UK. As a member of the Executive Committee, his responsibilities include corporate strategy and deliverability of profitability. Under his leadership, Hermes Real Estate has delivered exceptional performance for its investors, and third-party revenues have grown to 50%. He Chris is a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors and holds a BSc (Hons) in Land Management from Reading University.

Senior Advisers

Masaru Arai is a senior engagement consultant at Hermes EOS and focuses on engagements and business development in Japan. He has 12 years of experience in responsible investment, 19 years in investment trust management and 20 years in the brokerage and underwriting business. Masaru is chair of the Japan Sustainable Investment Forum. He has been a member of the FTSE4Good advisory committee since 2005 and a member of CDP’s Japan Advisory Group since 2009. He also is a member of the Sustainable Financial System Advisory Group of the PRI and in 2015 acted as a PRI board member. He is a regular member of the committees on ESG issues set up by the Ministry of the Environment, as well as by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry in Japan. Masaru worked at Daiwa Asset Management for 19 years, of which he spent seven years as its chief investment officer. Prior to that, he spent 20 years at Daiwa Securities, specialising in global investment and finance business. He has working experience in France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Australia and Hong Kong. Masaru holds a BA in Business and Commerce from Keio University, Japan, and studied at the Center for Arabic Studies at the American University in Cairo.

Tadashi Kurachi joined Hermes EOS in 2009 as a senior adviser based in Japan. He is the former chair of the board and the Independent Committee of Outside Directors of Eisai, a major Japanese pharmaceutical company. Before that Mr Kurachi was the chair and representative executive director of Kanematsu Corporation. Prior to his time at Kanematsu, he held the senior position of managing director and board director of the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi. He has a distinguished career spanning more than 40 years working at the highest level for major Japanese companies. He has extensive international business experience and was based in New York and London for extended periods during his career. He is an active member of the Japan Corporate Governance Network which promotes best practice in Japan.

Youngjae Ryu is the chief executive officer of Sustinvest, one of the leading providers of ESG research and related consultancy services based in Seoul. A pioneer in responsible investment in the Republic of Korea, Youngjae has over 14 years of experience in the financial services industry as an equity analyst and broker with companies including, Hyundai and Peregrine. Youngjae is a member of the Forum of Sustainable Management under the Ministry of Knowledge and Economy, the head of the Research Centre on Sustainable Investment at the Korean Sustainable Investment Forum and a member of the Steering Committee of the UN Global Compact. Further to this, Youngjae has published a number of papers and contributed to books on responsible investment and corporate governance. He holds a BA and a MA in Political Science and Diplomacy from Hanyang University, South Korea, as well as an MBA from Ashridge Business School, UK.